In response to the record number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations seen in the St. Louis region, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is placing a hold on scheduling of new in-person convenings until April 1st, 2022.
With the final adoption of the North Central Plan Vision Action Plan by the City of St. Louis completed, join Deaconess Center for a North Central Plan Workshop on Wednesday, October 13th. The North Central Plan Workshop will be a public opportunity to connect residents and stakeholders, while we collectively design a path forward to complete the North Central Plan’s Implementation Priorities.
As our community continues to respond to the calls for strengthening child well-being in our region and as we enter a post- COVID-19 vaccine world, we must recognize that we are still not in post-pandemic world and thus, we should position ourselves accordingly. With these facts present and centered, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being will officially enter a Phase 2 re-entry on August 1, 2021.
On Wednesday, July 21st our partners at Eye Thrive will join us at Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being (1000 N. Vandeventer, Ave., St. Louis, MO 63113) to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses for children and youth ages 4 years through 18 years. All services are free of charge, and most eyeglasses will be made and dispensed onsite following the eye exam. Exams begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Exam appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until all exam appointments are filled. Appointments must be made in-person onsite on Wednesday, July 21st. Onsite registration for appointments begins at 8:30 a.m.
This summer, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is serving free summer meals to children and youth through Operation Food Search’s sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Summer Meals Program helps to ensure children and youth continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Food insecurity has risen exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic and dramatically increased the need.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being’s priority has been to continue to meet our mission to build a community action tank for child friendly policies, while also adhering to public health and safety best practices.
While the Deaconess Center remains closed to indoor and outdoor open-air convenings until April 1st, 2021, there are still opportunities to volunteer with Deaconess Center and join the movement of child advocates, organizers and families who are building power for children in our region.
Deaconess Foundation is seeking a full-service communications and public relations agency/firm to assist the Foundation in the development and implementation of a strategic and sustainable multi-year communications plan aligned with the Foundation’s power-building strategy to advance child well-being through racial equity and public policy.
Save the Date! Child Advocacy Day 2021 will be held virtually from March 8-12.
Since August, the North Central Plan Steering Committee, with support from the Deaconess Foundation and the United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund, have been in engaged in a community-led visioning and strategic planning process to form the North Central Plan.